Contract Negotiation Sports Business

Judd-gement Day

Superstar. That is the only way to describe Chris Judd. By far the best player in the AFL at the moment, it is hard to believe this guy is only 23 with an award list as long as this.

So why the sudden fuss? Well, at the end of this season his contract with the West Coast Eagles expires. He is sure to leave the club as their off-field indiscretions are tarnishing and overshadowing their magnificent performances on the field.

He has already won a Premiership, a Brownlow (MVP) and many other accolades that should see him relocate back to his home state of Victoria.

Let the bidding begin.

The Kangaroos have opened up the bidding by saying that they are prepared to offer $1 million per year to the star. [Roos open Judd bidding war] This is sure to be the minimum offer, who is reportedly on around $600,000 per year at the moment.

Next to enter the fray are Carlton and Collingwood. [Pies, Blues eye Judd] Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse has desribed not moving for Chis Judd as stupid, but doesn’t believe the Pies can nab him.

With so many clubs vying for his services, it would not be surprising to see his value push to the $1.2 million per season mark. To put this into perspective, the salary cap next year will be about $7.4 million, meaning the club will paying around 16% to 1 player, with a playing list of 44.

Next question: what players or draft picks are teams prepared to give up?

It is understood that a club may offer two first round draft picks and a player to sway the Eagles to let him go.

Chris has remained tight-lipped on his contract negotiations, deciding to wait till the end of the season to decide.

– Chris Lesley